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Sketching Faces

A guide to illustrating female faces
Sketching Faces is an online, video based course that will teach you how to sketch and paint girls faces, taught by illustrator Katie Smith.

The ability to draw life like faces will help take your artwork to a new a level allowing you to dive into the world of portraiture.  Experienced illustrator, Katie Smith, will teach you her very simple method for drawing beautiful faces no matter your skill level. This course starts at the very beginning and will walk you through, step by step, in clear easy to follow videos helping you learn to draw a variety of facial features, different profile views, experiment with different hairstyles, and you will learn Katie’s secrets to coloring in your sketched faces with watercolor paint.

The course includes multiple printable templates to help you practice and grow your skills and step by step guides, video tutorials and ideas and challenges to help you use your new artwork into other art forms you love. Join today if you want to take your drawing skills to the next level and begin sketching lifelike faces in your art.

Lesson Plan



Learn how the course works and why you will love using faces in your artwork.

Lesson 01


What you need to get started and how to choose the mediums you like best. 

Lesson 02

Facial features

Practice the basics of sketching faces by learning the shapes and proportions.

Lesson 03

Sketching hair

 Learn how to add flowing hair to your faces, how hair can change the feel of a character and worksheets for practice sketching hair onto a character.

Lesson 04

Sketching a face, front view

Learn how to put your practice to use by completing a finished face. Plus tips for adding personality to your character through emotion.

Lesson 05

Sketching a face, profile view

Learn how to draw a profile from start to finish with multiple profile examples. 

Lesson 06

Watercolouring a face

Learn the secrets to coloring in sketched faces with Katie’s favorite medium- Watercolor! Including best tips for working with watercolor, adding details to your faces and when to work with a wet-on-wet technique vs. a wet-on-dry technique.

Bonus Lesson

Faces in art journal spreads

Take a flip through Katie’s art journals and see examples of pages that include faces, and how you can work them into your design.

Bonus Lesson

How to use sketched faces in your art journal

Video lesson and printables to help you practice your face drawing skills to use in your art.

What’s Included


8 lessons from illustrator, Katie, who will walk you step by step through how to draw faces from different angles, using different emotions, hairstyles and more. The lessons are detailed and easy to follow ensuring your sketching skills will grow and improve through the exercizes.


7 video lessons that will demonstrate how to draw girls faces and help you learn the basics and then how to make your sketches your own. Plus ideas on how to use your sketches in your artwork.


Tutorials, challenges and guidance that will walk you through learning this new skill and ways to continue growing your drawings to become more lifelike and more personal to your style. Plus ways to expand your faces into other art forms.


Tips, tutorials and ideas to make your faces lifelike and to improve your skills. Katie breaks down each element of drawing girls into simple steps that will allow you learn slowly and build your skills upon one another without becoming overwhelmed.


The written portions of the course are compiled into a beautiful workbook. Plus additional printable worksheets are included to help you practice face shapes, drawing, and more.


Access to the course teacher, community support and inspiration through the course hashtag #gmsketchingfaces and access to the Sketching Faces group in the Forums.

Student Art

Here’s just some of the wonderful art that students have produced in this class.

Get Messy and Art Feeds

We believe art heals. With every purchase you make through Get Messy, we give 10% to Art Feeds. Art Feeds provides free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools and children’s organisations. 

Katie Smith

Katie Smith is an artist located the the Pacific North West of the USA. She has been drawing on anything she can get her hands on since she was a young girl. Her artwork focuses mainly on sketching girls and nature, and often works her sketches into her art journals. Katie is often asked how she sketches her unique style of faces so she’s thrilled to finally be teaching a course to share these techniques.


What format do I receive the class in?
Upon purchase, you will be redirected to create a login for the private site. You can choose your own username and password. If you already have a login for this site, please use that so all of your content is accessible to you under one username.

The class will be available through this private site, along with a workbook in PDF format for you to download and print.

Do I have to start on a specific date?
No, this is a self-paced class. You start when you are ready and work according to your own rhythm.
What do I need for this class?
Paper, pencil, eraser are the main supplies! A couple of extras are drawing pens and watercolor paints.  A detailed list of supplies is shared inside the course, but you likely have what you need on hand and we never recommend spending a lot of money on supplies without knowing how and if you will use them.
Can I share my work and what I learn in the class?
Yes! Please share your work and your responses to the class on your social media sites of choice! We love instagram, so share your pages using the course hashtag #gmsketchingfaces and you may see your work shared on the Get Messy account. However, please do not share text or photos directly from the course.
Class access does not expire and is not linked to your Get Messy membership.
Can I contact the teacher if I have questions?
You may contact the author for 6 months from launch directly via email.
Do you offer refunds?
Due to the digital nature of our content, we do not offer refunds.
what if i dont have any drawing skills and am terrible at it?
This class is perfect for you then. Katie starts at the absolute very beginning and will walk you through each step of the process slowly and clearly. Your skills will improve with practice through following the exercizes in the course.